Glass Christmas Ornament

Molded glass holiday or Christmas ornament. Ball, shimmering matte red ground with leaf motif painted around center in white, with parts covered with white mica or glitter. Metal cap with metal holder and bent wire hanger attached. Cap is stamped “MADE IN [Illegible]”. Possibly Germany or Poland based on cap and date. In 1937, a tariff decision (no. 54387) reversed earlier decisions regarding the marking of ornaments with their country of origin, established in the 1890 MicKinley Tariff Act and the Smoot-Havley Tariff Act of 1930. The ornament itself now had to be marked with with its country of origin by stamping it into the cap or by way of tag or sticker.
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Object Name
ornament, christmas tree
Object Type
date made
after 1937
Physical Description
red (overall color)
white (overall color)
glass (overall material)
sphere (ornament shape)
metal (hanger material)
overall: 2 5/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Jones
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